Excellent and concise!! This is a book written as an answer to the debate about the historical Jesus, a subject written on extensively by conservatives and liberals alike. Johnson (a catholic and an ex-monk) definitely comes down on the conservative side, but he is very concerned to show that even with meticulous historical investigation, we can know only one side of Jesus. As he puts it, can we know one who is alive by using the means by which we learn about the dead? He uses the example of Hitler. If we attempted to paint a picture of Hitler using what he appeared to think about himself and what his closest advisers wrote about him (the same way the liberals attempt to define Jesus), we would end up with a very skewed, if not inaccurate picture! In any event, this book is very easy to read and is a must for any Vhristian interested in the study of Jesus.